east to school
A Closer Look
Henry Whipple kept up an active correspondence with his daughters
while they attended school in the East. The letters reveal much
about the Whipple family.
Faribault, Rice Co Minn
May 19, 1860
"My dear daughter,
Your letter so full of kind wishes came
to us by last night's mail. We deeply regret that you should be
so afflicted with that sad
feeling of home sickness and yet I cannot say that I was disappointed.
To one who loves home and friends as well as you do, the change
must be very sad and it cost us many a regret to send you out into
this world, even if it was to another Christian home at St.
Mary's [in Burlington, New Jersey]. But darling
it was for your good. Few girls have greater gifts to make noble
Christian women than
but you need just the training of school and must try and bear
it as bravely as you can. Mother had not been quite well since
she came here and yesterday she was quite sick– in a few
days she will be quite well and we hope before this reaches you
she will be busy about the house…
Our house here is a new
one, as large as any in the village… It has not as many rooms
but the rooms are larger. I send you on a piece of paper a plan
of it. The house is painted white and in general appearance much
like the one grandpa lived in at Adams [New York] altho not as
I do not know yet when I shall be able to come
and see you but hope to do so sometime during the coming summer.
and all the children send you heaps of love and as soon as we get
settled will try and write you very often. I do hope you will be
careful as you can of your things and try and improve all you can.
I do not desire you to have many studies but what you do have try
and study them well. We shall write to you as often as we can.
Write to me whether you have any money and how much each of you
have. I have no knowledge whether you have any or not. I would
like you to have everything you need and such pocket money as is
for your good, but wish you to keep account of what you spend it
All send you love. Each of you can grow up to be brave and
fine Christian women to serve the dear Lord who died for us on
the cross. God bless you my darlings. Mother sends you a great
deal of love as also do the children and uncle George..
father, H.B. Whipple
"...Your mother sent you yesterday a box of
things. The berries are in a birch bark mokuk such as the Indians
were a gift
of an Indian woman, Julia. I baptised an Indian child and named
it after your mother. We are all well. Mother sends you much love.
Your mother says be careful and not to eat too much of your sweets
at once. The berries and gooseberries you can ask the cook to make
into pies. Keep the pail and cake box until I come…"
"I was very very much gratified with your and Jenny’s
last reports, and with a very kind letter from Mr. Smith who wrote
warmly of your progress. There is nothing that pleases me more
than to hear a good account of my children. Your conduct mark was
9, which pleased me very much."